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TheBusinessDesk.com is the fastest growing business media in the UK. The website and email service are completely free to all users and more than 2.5m emails are sent each month. We also generate more than 1m page views every month.

At TheBusinessDesk.com, we offer the news you want when you want it. Across our four regions - North West, Yorkshire, West Midlands and East Midlands - you will find exclusives, authoritative articles and interviews with key figures in the business community.

North West - key contacts

Editorial

Editor - Joanne Birtwistle


Joanne BirtwistleJoanne has spent her entire journalistic career working in business news. Before joining TheBusinessDesk.com, she was a senior business reporter at Crain's Manchester Business.

Prior to that, she was a journalist with Insider magazine for more than three years, where she worked on a wide range of news and features as well as being editor of many of its supplements and contract print publications.

After graduating with a degree in politics, Joanne's first job was at business information and analysis company Datamonitor. As senior editor she managed the online CommentWire team, responsible for all the commentarial and news analysis content produced by the company.

She was also editor of Datamonitor's weekly Business Review e-newsletter, which was electronically circulated to around 30,000 subscribers.

Tel: 0161 238 4922, Email: joanne.birtwistle@thebusinessdesk.com


Deputy Editor - Nick Jackson

Nick JacksonNick joined the company in January 2015 from his home town newspaper The Bolton News, where he was business editor.

He has also been a news reporter, feature writer, entertainments editor, news sub editor and sports writer/sub during his marathon 31-year stint at the Bolton paper.

Prior to that Nick worked at The Bury Times after completing his NCTJ training at what is now UCLAN in Preston.

Nick has also enjoyed a parallel career as a singer/songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist in various music ensembles and currently fronts The Nick Jackson Band. 

Tel: 0161 238 4922, Email: mailto:james.graham@thebusinessdesk.com


Management

Chairman - Mark Hales

Mark HalesMark is a highly experienced entrepreneur, angel and technology investor and is passionate about supporting young entrepreneurs.

As well as being chairman of TheBusinessDesk.com, Mark is also founder and chairman of Oxygen Accelerator, a programme based at Birmingham Science Park in Aston, providing a 13 week bootcamp for technology entrepreneurs.

He is also non-executive chairman of Launch48, which brings together people of all skill sets and experiences to create ideas, build products and launch their own start-up.

Other roles include being chairman of Optimo Care Group, while Mark was also a founding investor in accelerator programme Springboard, and is a former non-executive director of The Rabbit Hole.

Mark was chief executive of Claimar Care Group until 2009. When he joined in 1999, turnover was around £250,000 a year. During a 10 year period the business grew to be the fourth largest provider in its market with turnover of around £65m. It sold to Housing 21 in 2009 for an enterprise value of £40.5m.

Mark is passionate about arts and culture and is a trustee of Birmingham Hippodrome Development Trust.

Tel: 0121 237 3621, Email: mark.hales@thebusinessdesk.com


Commercial Director - Lee-J Walker

Lee-J WalkerLee-J Walker is an experienced sales manager who has worked across the UK and the Middle East within the world of on-line advertising and recruitment.

Prior to joining the TheBusinessDesk.com, Lee-J was based in Dubai working for the $22bn turnover global recruitment company Manpower Inc as the regional group sales manager for the Gulf. He covered six countries and nine offices and helped to launch two new business lines in the region. His experience before this was also working as a regional director for SAON where he assisted in the creation of the group's Middle East business.

Returning back home to the UK in early 2010, Lee-J has headed up business development for TheBusinessDesk.com in the North West and West Midlands and now manages all commercial operations for the company.

Tel: 0780 708 3544, Email: leej.walker@thebusinessdesk.com

 

 

 

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